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by Volker Schlöndorff


Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on...

international title: The Tin Drum
original title: Die Blechtrommel
country: Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
year: 1979
genre: fiction
directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
film run: 142'
release date: DE 03/05/1979, FR 18/05/1979, DK 28/09/1979, ES 04/10/1979, SE 31/10/1979, FI 02/11/1979, BE 10/01/1980, NL 24/01/1980, IT 14/03/1980, PT 09/11/1980, TR 04/1983, CZ 12/05/1994, UK 20/01/1995, SK 15/09/2005, RS 23/02/2008, GR 27/09/2013
screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff, Franz Seitz
cast: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler
cinematography by: Igor Luther
film editing: Suzanne Baron
art director: Piotr Dudzinski, Zeljko Senecic
costumes designer: Inge Heer, Dagmar Niefind, Yoshio Yabara
producer: Hans Prescher, Franz Seitz
executive producer: Eberhard Junkersdorf
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